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Tell me about Europe

Europe is more than a continent or an idea. Europe consists of many different stories – personal stories of people from different generations. The project “Tell me about Europe” brings the memories of well-known Europeans alive and invites you to listen and join in the discussion. This, alongside a number of other projects, is presented by the Goethe-Institut and the German Federal Foreign Office during the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union from July until December 2020.

November 19, Thursday 22:00 (Moscow time) - Live discussion "Dialogue between East and West" with author Ludmila Ulitskaya
Erzähle mit von Europa - Russland © Goethe-Institut | Design: Groupe Dejour

Russia: Moscow 19 November 2020, 22:00 (Moscow time)
Tell me about Europe

Sergej Buntman, editor at the radio station Echo Moskvy, moderates a discussion with the topic "Dialogue between East and West" with author Ludmila Ulitzkaja on 19 November in Moscow. The audience can pose questions and participate in the discussion.

Projektbeschreibung „Erzähle mir von Europa“

With "Tell me about Europe", we are inviting the public in London and twelve other European cities to discuss together Europe's past, present and future. The discussion is based on interviews with well-known Europeans, which have been collected in the European Archive of Voices. In it, contemporary witnesses, born before 1945, tell young people about their life paths. They touch on topics such as war and conflict, the disparities between town and country, gender (in)justice, religious freedom or the recent return of nationalism. The different perspectives on Europe from East and West will also become tangible. A sound collage by the sound artist Marc Matter will take up passages from the conversations and make them apparent for the guests at each event.

The stories encourage reflection on the current state of Europe. Europe has been in a serious crisis for some years now. The consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic have exacerbated this crisis in recent months. What do young people want to give to continue this intergenerational project and to continue writing history? What values have we built Europe on? What can and should a political, social and cultural project look like in the future?

I Don't Want to be an Island (Marc Matter, 2020) © Goethe-Institut | Design: Groupe Dejour

Sound Art: "I Don’t Want To Be An Island"
How Does Europe Sound?

Sound artist Marc Matter explored the diversity of languages and opinions in Europe as part of the project "Tell me about Europe". From a selection of interviews in the European Archive of Voices, he created a sound collage celebrating the diversity and variety of voices and languages.
Listen carefully and immerse yourself in the sound of the voices of Europe!


Interviews from the "European Archive of Voices"

In conversation with young people, people born before 1945 like former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière and Slovakian philosopher Egon Gál, talk about their lives and experiences of war, oppression and flight in Europe.

Tell me about Europe Collage (Detail): © privat/TEMPUS CORPORATE

das goethe

“das goethe“ is the Goethe-Institut’s cultural magazine. It appears twice a year as an insert in the weekly German newspaper “Die Zeit“.

Cooperation partner:
Arbeit an Europa is a group of young Europeans who have come together to help shape the future of Europe through dialogue and exchange. The European Archive of Voices is one of a range of projects being developed in cooperation with a network of supporters across Europe. Arbeit an Europa organises regular discussion workshops in different European regions, which aim to explore ideas of European identity, and facilitate discussion with people across Europe.

Curatorial team: Edouard Barthen and Leona Lynen

“Tell me about Europe” is a project by the Goethe-Institut, supported with special funds from the Federal Foreign Office for the the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2020.

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